Russell Wilson gets chance to bat in Yankees spring training game

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Russell Wilson (Getty Pictures)

What occurs when one of many prime NFL quarterbacks of his era pulls a Bo Jackson and performs in an MLB game?

Russell Wilson stepped to the plate in the Yankees’ spring training game towards the Braves Friday afternoon, with the eyes of each MLB and the NFL upon him. Whereas he ended up putting out, the Tremendous Bowl champion QB definitely did not embarrass himself.

Wilson led off the underside of the fifth towards left-hander Max Fried, one of many Braves’ prime prospects. He took an aggressive minimize on the first pitch, fouling again a excessive fastball, earlier than taking a breaking ball for a referred to as strike and watching a few pitches in the filth to work a 2-2 rely. Wilson went down swinging on a ninety three mph fastball from Fried however earned appreciative applause from the gang at Steinbrenner Subject in Tampa.

Wilson has hung out with the Yankees in spring training, though the group initially stated he wouldn’t seem in a Grapefruit League game. However Wilson and the Yankees apparently obtained the Seahawks’ blessing to permit him a plate look in a game.

The Colorado Rockies initially selected Wilson in the fourth spherical in the 2010 MLB newbie draft. In two minor league seasons in Single-A ball, the infielder hit .229 with 118 strikeouts in 335 at-bats. After that inauspicious begin Wilson determined to attempt his hand at soccer, and the remaining is historical past.

MLB.com reporter Bryan Hoch caught up with the final pitcher to face Wilson in a professional baseball game. Chasen Shreve, now a reliever with the Yankees, induced Wilson to floor right into a double play in a June 2011 game.

“I knew I confronted him! That is humorous,” Shreve stated. “I knew he performed soccer and knew he was leaving to play soccer, however I did not know what he was going to flip into.”